Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Chase Wright pitched how he could reasonably be expected to perform. At the moment he is a left-handed Jaret Wright. I was speaking with Larry last night and the reality of this is that being a left-handed Jaret Wright is not necessarily a bad thing. No one really had too much of a problem with Wright’s performance last year. It sucked that he couldn’t give us innings, but we appreciated that we were at least in the game when he left…for the most part. That’s all the Yankees are asking Chase to do. His performance might not give us great hope for his future, similar to how we were all wary of another go round with Jaret, but as long as he’s keeping the Yankees within striking distance, we can take it. Just give The Carl Pavano DL Watch some time and one of them will emerge as a superior option.
Tampa played in a game that seemed like it would never end as they lost 4-1 in 20 innings. As you can probably guess, no one had a good offensive night. Jose Tabata was 0 for 8 and continues to struggle with the Ks as he would strike out 3 times. Tabata is now up to 16 strikeouts in 48 at bats, which is very much unlike him. However, other than that he’s doing everything perfectly so I guess you can’t complain too much. Marcos Vechionacci left the game early, hopefully it wasn’t due to injury, and was 1 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. Reegie Corona came in late and went 0 for 4 with 1 walk. Juan Miranda was 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, Colin Curtis was 0 for 6 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, and finally, Francisco Cervelli had one of the better offensive games by going 2 for 8 with a double and 3 strikeouts.
The highlight of the game from a Yankee fan perspective was George Kontos’ performance on the mound. Kontos had his best outing in the early going by pitching 6.1 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 1 run (it was earned), 11 strikeout baseball. Given his stuff and the way he dominated last year, I really can’t see Kontos being in Tampa much past June. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Yankees work out the midseason prospect shuffle amongst their pitchers.
The Riverdogs had a bad game last night, but their toolsy OF duo plugged along. Josue Calzado, who I have not mentioned prior to this point, was 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. Calzado has huge tools and Baseball America has lauded him for that, but he’s in his age 21 season and just getting to Low-A ball so I’m a bit skeptical. Still, he should be watched just for his physical tools. Another guy with tremendous physical ability, Austin Jackson, seems to be warming up. Jackson was 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base. Most importantly, he didn’t strike out and in his last 3 games has only struck out once while going 5 for 12 with 2 doubles.
Scranton, as Tyler Clippard, currently 3rd in line for an ML promotion according to the DL Watch, takes the mound and don’t miss Eric Duncan’s battle with the Mendoza Line!
milb.com’s gamelog said that Vech left the game with a hand/wrist injury. It appears that it happened while he was playing the field, so maybe he jambed it on a dive or something…
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